Just to keep up with what is out there, I have been known to stumble across a diamond in the rough. Such is the case with the Montecristo NY Connoiseur Edition. This stick is available in the US market at quite reasonable prices. If you want to see what all the commotion is about regarding fine Cuban cigars, this smoke is just about as close as you can come to the “real thing” without going through the risk and expense of ordering from overseas and paying through the nose to do so. Were the bands removed from this smoke, I would have been hard pressed to distinguish it from its Cuban cousins. That sealed the deal for me in regards to this issue.
As I stated in my best cigar books post, proceeds from sale of books would be given back to one lucky reader in the form of a gift certificate. Here is another one. It is a gift card for $40 that can be redeemed on Amazon.com (doesn't work on .co.uk or .fr).
Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the draw. The winner will be announced in one week, next Thursday.
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Partagas is amongst the oldest and most renowned cigar brands in Cuba, dating clear back to 1845. They are known for producing bold cigars, and the Partagas Serie C No. 3, the limited edition for 2012, is no exception to the rule. The tobacco used in the filler, binder and wrapper was aged for two years. This is a very strong cigar; unfortunately I did not find it very flavorful.
Origin : Nicaragua Format : Toro Size : 6.25 x 54 Wrapper : Nicaraguan Filler : Nicaraguan Binder : Nicaraguan Hand-Made Price : $250 each
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Today I'm reviewing a very unique cigar, the Daniel Marshall 24KT Golden Torpedo. I found out about the cigar quite by chance, when I received an email via CigarReserve.com that they had some of these cigars in stock. I'd never heard of Daniel Marshall prior to this but I was very intrigued at the idea of a gold cigar. From his website, I learned that Mr. Marshall is a well-known maker of luxurious humidors and that the Golden Torpedo was originally created by Mr. Marshall as a counterpart to the humidor he designed for Universal Studios to commemorate the movie “Scarface”:
When I was designing for Universal Studios the SCARFACE Humidor I was asked by Universal to design a ultra bling luxury version of the humidor...I thought that a “over the top” humidor deserves a “over the top” DM Cigar and the 24kt Gold DM cigar was conceived.
Well, I love luxurious things that may be considered over the top, so this seemed like a perfect fit for me! Everything about this cigar is designed to impress and reinforce that this is a very exclusive cigar. According to the Golden Cigar's site, it takes sorting through 50 cigars to get 5 that might be viable to transform into gold cigars. The cigar is sanded to smooth the surface of the wrapper, and 50+ sheets of 24KT edible gold leaf (from one of the oldest suppliers in Florence, Italy, natch) are applied with a sugar glaze to the wrapper. The cigar itself consists of a Nicaraguan puro blend with a Nicaraguan Cuban seed 5 year old wrapper, Esteli binder, and Jalapa filler. The cigar retails for around $250 per stick.
Thank you very much for your participation in our recent contest! Over 280 aficionados entered for a chance to win a great cigar book called "The Cigar - Moments of Pleasure". The randomly selected winners are:
Hoyo Do Monterrey has long since found a special place in my humidor, and I have especially enjoyed their Epicure #2 release. I think that I have sampled pretty much each year since 2005, and have even reviewed them here. Of all the releases, I think that I have gotten the most consistent enjoyment from the 2008. Where the 2014’s were a bit “green” and the 2005’s tended to have “hardened”, while both maintained the taste profile that HDM is famous for, this year seems to have been the best. Not too hard, not too green and just spongy enough not to worry so much about burn issues, the HDM Epicure #2 2008 seems to enter the Goldilocks zone---just right.
I recently had the joy of receiving a beautiful coffee book for free entitled The Cigar – Moments of Pleasure, by Morten Ehrhorn & Justin Hummerston (official book page). It’s a hardbound book, 312 pages, pretty heavy—and absolutely brimming with information about cigars and gorgeous color photographs.
I’ve read a number of coffee table books about cigars over the years. Some of them are amazing; many more are ambitious, but fall short of achieving their aims.
This one is by far one of the best I have read! The Cigar – Moments of Pleasure covers everything you could hope to learn about cigars—their history, how and where they are made, all about cigar leaves, and even how cigars stimulate our brains. There is research in this book I simply haven’t seen anywhere else. And the photographs and the layouts are absolutely stunning!
Like a good cigar itself, this is a book you want to spend time with, leisurely turning through the pages, enjoying the experience moment by moment. In fact, there is no better way to do it than while smoking your favorite stogie.
It is a pricey book, but very reasonable in light of what you are getting—hundreds of pages of color photographs and a goldmine of information; right now on Amazon it is going for $59. It’s well worth the cost; it’s a great book for newbies who are just starting to learn about cigars as well as veteran smokers who want to add to their already-comprehensive knowledge. Anyone can learn something from this book, or just lose themselves in the photos.
And now … onto the giveaway!
I’m excited to announce that, courtesy of Ehrhorn Hummerston, we have three of these books to give away! To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment! The winners will be randomly selected on April 7th (next Thursday). Thanks for participating, and I hope you love this book as much as I do!
La Pilar was a new line unveiled at the 2015 IPCPR by Padilla Cigars. For this blend, Ernesto Padilla returned to Honduras to produce the cigars at Tabacalera Aguilar, which was the same factory that produced the Padilla Series 68. There are three different sizes available: the Toro, measuring 6 x 52, the Robusto, measuring 5 x 54, and the Churchill, measuring 7.5 x 57.